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to our media partners at the baltimore sun, andy harris is now tieing the scandal to president obama's health care over haul. since the irs will be responsible for taxes individuals harris says the scandal proves that the agency needs less power, not more. the irs is currently under investigation for allegedly targeting tea party groups. >>> a pretty great afternoon. let's take a live look outside. what a big change from yesterday afternoon. we have clouds, a little bit of rain and definitely cooler temperatures. let's check in with chelsea ingram live with an updated look at first dating live doppler radar. it started at my house around 2:00 or 3:00. >> we had a little bit of drizzle move through but that's all we saw earlier today. we've been drying out. we will get more rain headed our way. over the past 2 hours we had a little drizzle around the metro area. more rainfall down over on the eastern shore and in western maryland. we'll get some more rainfall working its way as we head into the over hour. temperatures are on the cool side, around 62 degrees in baltimore and 63 in hage
is going to resign. my question is, who is going to jail over this scandal? >> president obama promised new oversight and coordination with congress to investigate targeting of conservative groups. >> i've reviewed the treasury department watchdog's report and the misconduct that it uncovered is inexcusable. it's inexcusable and americans are right to be angry about it and i'm angry about it. >> the department of justice is looking into whether the irs violated any civil rights there. now to benghazi. newly released white house emails provided glimpse how the obama administration handled the talking points after the benghazi terror attacks. the 99 pages of emails between the white house, state department and cia detail the debate over what to disclose in the points. the ones u.n. ambassador susan rice used the following sunday on multiple morning news shows. an e-mail from then cia director david petraeus reveals some of his hesitations. petraeus writes quote, no mention of the cable to cairo either? frankly, i'd just as soon not use them. this concern after his deputy scratched out mention
that this is not a huge scandal why was president obama so quick to acted as if it was a scandal. he act so rapidly. that's what people are paying attention to. they're not going to look at the details and say this is not so bad. but that president obama admitted that there there there was something wrong. >> i think they handled this not well. first of all, i was just listening to fox news on the way in, and they were saying well this is meaningless. the guy isn't fired. he's staying through may 22nd. my goodness, that's next wednesday, he was about to retire any way. he had nothing touchdown with it. this happened on the watch of the previous commissioner, an appointee of george w. bush. to believe that president obama was using that for foul purposes you have to believe that a bush appointee helped him violate the law and run the risk of going to jail. that makes no sense whatsoever. >> mark: that's a key point. >> one important point here. you don't have to be approved to be a 501 c 4. these organizations that we're talking about. the irs said you can self declare that you're a 501 c 4 so nobody was
. here is what president obama said about the scandal as it has erupted the last few days. >> if in fact irs personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that's outrageous. there's no place for it. and you know, they have to be held fully accountable. i have no patience with it, i will not tolerate it, we will make sure that we find out exactly what happened on this. >> well, yeah, sure, if the irs personnel intentionally targeted conservative groups, that would be bad. but what if irs personnel were correctly examining political organizations' applications for tax exempt status? that is not scandalous because that's the irs' job, they must do it. they cannot just grant tax exempt status to anyone that asks for it. the irs has a specific guideline for granting that tax exempt status. section 501 c 4, internal revenue code, defines social organizations for tax exempt purposes defines them this way. civic leagues or organizations not organized for profit but operated exclusively for the promotion of social
'donnell." have a great night. >>> president obama took action today to try to contain scandal fever sweeping washington. released 100 e-mails about benghazi, got rid of the head of the irs. >> americans have a right to be angry about it and i am angry about it. >> two erupting scandals. >> the irs has been used as a political tool through history. >> we will hold the responsible parties accountable. >> every day this week. >> veritable storm of scandals. >> brings a new scandal. >> stop calling it a huge scandal. >> everybody simmer down now! >> let the facts speak for themselves. >> the good news, it is fixable. >> i don't understand what they're accusing the president of doing. >> my question isn't about who is going to resign. >> acting commissioner of the irs. >> my question is who is going to jail over this scandal. >> i look forward to taking questions at tomorrow's press conference. >> i don't even understand what they're accusing the president of doing. >> the ap scandal engulfing the administration. >> let's be clear it is perfectly legal. >> we can't count on the administration to
wishes he was talking about your job, your money, your prosperity. this is "your money." president obama wants to steer the conversation towards his policy goals and the smell of scandal is getting stronger in washington. >> the white house, knocked off message by a rash of bad headlines. the irs allegedly targets conservative groups. the government is spying on ap reporters and new details about the deadly raid in benghazi. conservatives seize the moment. >> my question is who is going to jail over this scandal? >> we have got to restore the trust in government. >> i have never seen anything quite like this except in the past during the nixon years. >> the watergate scandal forced president nixon to resign but do these rise to that level? review. president clinton had two scandals, white water and monica lewinski. franklin and grant were arrested while in office. yes, it was a bad week for the white house politically. maybe the worst of obama's second term. will it derail his legacy? after all, he promised to help us prosper. >> we believe that america's prosperity must rest upon the br
saddle system. >>> i will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency. >>> president obama takes action to address the irs scandal. >>> call them the killer frogs of san francisco. we'll tell you why they're under lock and key and why their home is under siege. >>> few my clouds approaching the bay area right now. >> we could be be dodging a few raindrops. >> coming up we'll break down rain chances and i'll let you know which direction temperatures well be heading this weekend. you're on timeout leo! some things won't last 25 years. ah! woof! some things will. make a wish! i wish we could lie here forever. i wish this test drive was over, so we could head back to the dealership. [ male announcer ] it's practically yours. test drive! but we still need your signature. volkswagen sign then drive is back. and it's never been easier to get a jetta. that's the power of german engineering. get $0 down, $0 due at signing, $0 deposit, and $0 first month's payment on any new volkswagen. visit today. some things won't last 25 years. on any new volkswagen. ah! woof! some things
. president obama is going to deliver a statement on the widening irs scandal. that is 6:00 p.m. eastern time. just about 20 two minutes from now. fox business will take it live so be sure to stay tuned. >>> in the meantime, wait until you hear this because it is definitely not something you hear every day, the congressional budget office says our federal deficit is going down. new projections say it will be about 25%. that is $200 billion less than was the forecast just three months ago. that is a nice change from four straight years of trillion dollar deficits but, does it mean that we owe thanks to higher taxes? come on! or other things that some of us don't love? here to crunch the numbers are douglas holtz-eakin, former director of the cbo and christian dorsey with the economic policy institute. gentlemen, welcome back to the show. >> thank you. melissa: doug, what do you think, are you buying into this better projection? >> 2013 is real. the trouble is it doesn't give you any sustained improvement in the budget outlook over the next 10 years. so you should have been concerned in februar
it will end here, but it is a start, piers. >> and the fallout from the ap scandal, this morning, the obama administration wanted to reintroduce legislation to protect the identities of those sources from federal officials, where is that going? >> well, it is going further than it would have a couple of days ago. this is really interesting, piers, because this issue historically had bipartisan support. in 2009, senator chuck schumer, an ally of the president was trying to get this through and sudden ly it got stopped in its track. according to schumer, the obama administration effectively didn't want it. they picked up the phone and called chuck schumer and said maybe it is time to reintroduce that reporter shield law bill. so that is exactly what he did. another example on all of these fronts the obama administration trying to do damage control. and this time through the legislation. >> and jessica, the third scandal, and hard to keep up with all of this. but benghazi, the massive e-mail dump. and the first look, it just seemed like the white house was being vindicated. many of the stuff c
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the benghazi scandal will cause president obama's downfall. but a new poll reveals how little americans know about the incident. a survey from public policy polling shows 41% of republicans consider it to be the biggest political scandal in american history. that's compared to 10% of democrats and 20% of independents. of those republicans, 39% don't know where benghazi is. 10% in egypt. 9% in iran. for the record, it's libya. president obama will be seeing double in his cabinet meetings. john kerry's younger brother will become the acting commerce secretary. he serves as the department's general counsel. >>> caroline kennedy will be in a new york courtroom today after being selected as a juror for a felony drug trial. while answering her jury questionnaire, she declined to answer if any of her family had been a victim of a crime. and said she knew a few people with a drug problem. >>> vermont lawmakers have passed legislation permitting doctor-assisted suicide. it has strong support from a governor. and the first time a state legislature approved such a measure. >>> nancy pelosi had tough wo
.p. scandal. this morning the obama administration asked senator chuck schumer to reintroduce legislation that would help reporters protect the identity of their sources from federal officials. where is that going? >> well, it's going further than it would have a couple of days ago. this is really interesting, piers. because this is an issue that has historically had bipartisan support. just a few years ago, back in 2009, senator chuck schumer, a democrat, an ally of the president, was trying to get this through. and suddenly it got stopped in its tracks. according to schumer back then, it's because the obama administration tried to water it town too much. they effectively didn't want it. guess what, they picked up the phone this morning, they called chuck schumer and said maybe it's time for you to reintroduce that reporter shield law bill. so that's exactly what he did. it's another example of -- on all of these fronts the obama administration trying to do damage control. and this time legislatively. >> and jessica, the third scandal. hard to keep up with all of this. but benghazi. a ma
. scandal, scandal. it was the so-called scandal week, filled with scandal everywhere. the obama administration is in trouble. it's bs and i'll tell you why. all these stories with, this is all red meat for republicans. the righties are drooling everywhere. you know how you throw on a case of mer low and a carton of campbell camel to john boehner. >> nothing dissolves the bonds of people and their government like the arrogance of power in washington. these what the american people are seeing today from the obama administration, remarkable arrogance. >> arrogance. let's play a word game. a heck of a word. republicans going to be talking about these scandals for month to come maybe even years because they really want to tarnish obama. let me tell you what the real scandal that's going on in washington right now. republicans in congress voted to reveal obama care for the 38th time. they did that on thursday as advertised and the vote didn't go down without a big show. >> we see this coming just like the titanic, we see the iceberg only it's not just in a midst. shortly in front of o
. so you can. >>gregg: as the obama administration tries to distance itself from three major scandals he will lay out new counterterrorism policy. with the investigation into the benghazi terror attack incomplete, many raise questions of the timing of this address. and judith miller is pulitzer prize winning author and fox news contributor. is this a conspicuous attempt to give the president some tough ness credibility with the national security credibility is taking a beating? >> guest: it is shredded. that is why the president has come alive in the way we have not seen present himself and make arguments himself until now. if he wants to get anything accomplished in the second term he has to overcome the three scandals the trifecta of trouble especially in the national security area where he took pride in being strong. >>gregg: and there is a devastating story in cbs news sourced anonously, but several sources from the obama administration officials in key positions during the benghazi attack. they admit they made mistakes but they say these were mistakes of incompetence, not coverup
mom from doing what she loves... being my mom. >>gregg: a trio of scandals facing the obama administration, including the i.r.s. targeting of conservative groups and the benghazi scandal, and president obama is in the hotseat. look at this, a brand new rasmussen poll is out showing the president's approval rating, well, the same number of people saying he is doing a good job as those who say he does not. what is the impact of the scandals if any at all? we will bring in our political insiders, john leboutillier, pat caddell, fox news contributor former pollster for president jimmy carter and doug schoen, a fox news contributor and former pollster for bill clinton. the president's job numbers seem to be static. they did not nose dive. he is weathering the storm. >> so far, he is. but there is a big "but." the but is, his agenda is largely frozen. america to a very large extent is riveted by the scandals. there is nothing at this point, going on, on policy in washington. even though the president himself is holding his own. >>gregg: a poll that came out, trying to weigh the im
grams. [ sighs ] [ male announcer ] always rich, >>> voting to appeal obama care. again, the scandal lobby, recent controversy, those are two of the hot topics pitched to us today. sara covers health care policy for the washington post. kate covers homes and joanne greel joins was, as well. it's great to have you all here. i want to start out by showing the "new york times" and what they put out today in regard to obama care in this vote coming up. it's the 43rd day that they've devoted time on this issue according to our court. it's in the upper 30s. almost 40 times there that the vote has come up on this. we all remember john boehner said this was the law of the land. >> one of the things that john boehner has said is he has a lot of -- who want to be on the record opposing this law and he's giving them the chance to vote against it. and it's easy to write off over three dozen votes as inconsequential. at the same time, we are polling showing about facilitiers and americans think that congress has repealed the laws. there is a real impact of having these repeated votes again and ag
is a scandal. everything is watergate. they hurt it because they give president obama cover. i want to direct this question to you. do you agree with that? do you agree with certain people who despise president clinton and hillary clinton so much president obama and hillary clinton so much that everything is a scandal, everything is a watergate. we don't each know the facts about the a.p. thing yet. but it's already they are coming for us. they are going to arrest me you and colmes, probably not colmes. me, you and we are going to be arrested and put in cuffs. do you -- do you agree that gives -- the president cover. >> giving cover is separate issue. what the press has done and what obama and hillary have done over years is create personality. with the protection of the press both hillary and president obama. >> bill: you are dodging my question. there are certain right leaning people. >> without having to perform, bill, and when they screw up, they don't get nailed and they deserve to be nailed. i have to deal with facts. however, on talk radio where you live, all right, there's a lot of sp
the scandals taking place is now head of the irs obama care implementation office. joining me, two of the lawmakers who participated in the heated hearing. >> good to be with. >> ms. ingram was in charge at the time. do you think it is appropriate she is in charge of the implementation of obama care? >> as a matter of fact, that is not true. she actually left that office six months prior to even subordinates knowing what took place there so she wasn't in the office when the subordinates were informed. >> sean: wasn't she there between 2009 and 2012? >> she left six months prior to the subordinates knowing that this actually took place. >> sean: we knew a couple of years ago and what we learned in the last couple of days is that they did know at the time she was there. >> i think you have to check your facts. she left the office six months prior to the subordinates showing. >> sean: my understanding is she did know. >> that is my understanding as well. she was there during the time that the abusive practice was being perpetrated. we have to pinpoint and get more information about w
to bluntly point out that the obama administration is not transparent and covering up scandals and lying to the american people. and now with the white house caught in the middle of three separate scandals, benghazi, and irs targeting of conservative groups and the justice department illegal probe in the journal phone records, the rest of the media is starting to catch up including the pundits who praised the president. >> he's accountable for it and i am offended by. it it is not a political or conservative or liberal. it is trusting your government. >> the transparency thing is crumbling. >> the president held a press government and he did well. he had been listening to their conversation. >> and lot of american a dults the last time the government looked in phone calls of the reporters and using the irs for political purposes twas the nixon era. when the government wants to do good things, managerial confidence falls between david brent and a cat chasing a hasser pointer. but when government wants to flex muscles, (bleep) you are the iron man. >> this is not the nixon administration w
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are right now. we're in scandal mode. does the obama administration have a way to get out of scandal mode. or is this indefinite if not permanent now? does the obama administration need to get washington out of scandal mode or is there some way as them seeing this as not all bad for them. and has barack obama the man, or barack obama the politician, even before he was president, ever been through a period like this in his life? in his personal or political history, has he ever been through this type of trial? does his past tell us anything about what might happen next in joining us is david axelrod. he is now director of the institute of politics at university of chicago and msnbc senior political analyst. thank you for being here. >> thank you. i'm nostalgic listening to the the recounting of the week. i'm missing washington so much. >> yeah, i bet. well you have known president obama for a long time. you've been with him through his political career. has he ever been through a very difficult sort of multifaceted period like this? personally or politically, have you seen him through peri
barack obama, for whatever reason. it's that kind of day in the news. >>> today is scandal o'clock all day long. we saw the guy forced out of the irs grilled about the tax agency using single key words to skrine out people for scrutiny. he did tell two higher-ups last june that he was going to be doing this investigation into how the conservative groups were treated. he told the deputy treasury secretary and the general counsel at treasury that he was starting this inquiry as to whether conservatives were being unfairly singled out. he told them he was starting this inquiry but obviously not what the inquiry had found since he hadn't found anything yet since he was just getting started. republicans have seized on this news because of the timing. saying it's important there were administration officials outside just the irs itself who knew before the election that there was at least a potential problem with the irs targeting conservative groups. shouldn't that have been disclosed publicly? could that have become a salient issue in the election had the administration disclosed that inves
're in scandal mode. does the obama administration have a way of getting itself out of scandal mode, or is this essentially indefinite if not permanent now? does the obama administration need to get washington out of scandal mode, or is there some way in which they might not see this as necessarily all bad for them? and has barack obama, the man, or barack obama, the politician, even before he was president ever been through a period like this in his life? in his personal or political history, has he ever been through this type of trial? does his past tell us anything about what might happen next? joining us now is david axelrod, former senior presidential adviser to barack obama and now director of the institute for politics and msnbc senior political analyst. thank you for being here. >> i'm all nostalgic listening to this recounting of the week. i'm missing washington so much. >> i bet. you have known president obama for a long time. you've been with him through a lot of his political career. has he ever been through a very difficult, sort of multi-facetted period like this? eith
. >> a heated president obama this evening speaking out about the irs scandal, led to resignation of the acting commissioner, other rather he has been fired. donald rumsfeld has a lot to say about this. the former defense secretary's new book is "rumsfeld rules" and joins me now on the grill. welcome to you, sir. >> thank you very much. >> how are you? >> excellent. >> we'll try and change that. >> come on. come on. >> you've been in this position where you get hit with all sorts of stuff. and it all comes at once. when you look at these three scandals in totality, are they real scandals or run of the mill issues that any white house has to deal with? >> well, one is bad. two is four and three is ten. the pressure is enormous in the white house when this happens. it's the perfect storm. and we all have watched enough of our history to know that beg and bad things can start from very small things. and the old rule is that -- there are two rules in washington. the first rule is, the cover-up is worse than the event. and the second rule is no one remembers the first rule. >> let's start with cover
the heat on the white house. >> this morning, president obama was asked about the scandal. >> if you've got the irs operating in anything less than a neutral and nonpartisan way, then that is outrageous. it is concrete to our traditions and held accountable and got to be fixed. >> even though the irs is independent agency, republican law makers have been calling on the president to condemn the irs for flagging atea party groups.. >> this contributes to the distrust that the american people have in government. >> shows senior officials applying scrutiny to conservative critical groups. >> the pressure on the white house is coming from all directions. it's not just the republicans who want answers. democrats are climbing in as well. >> somebody paid the decision they would give scrutiny to this particular group. we have to understand why. >> congressional republicans have now raised the ante. working on new legislation that would make it a crime to discriminate for political views. cbs news, the white house. >> some republicans are challenging the claim by the irs that low level workers were
that another big scandal obama says there is no there on benghazi the accountability review board offered a thorough investigation but as lou dobbs printed out that is distorting the truth. >> actually mr. president that review board did not looking into every element of benghazi but did examine the security matters before the attack it did not look into those responsible for the attack for the administration's response and pickering and mullin did not interview secretary of state clinton. i am sorry mr. president, but you knew better. you had to know better. there you are. [laughter] what are you talking about tonight? >> we are looking at the mounting scandals and inconsistencies, misrepresen tation and scandals rocked the administration juss about everywhere you look there are people misstating the facts making for policy choices and sometimes both aggressively. what is this administration actually doing? they claim they don't know when they get caught whenever there is a problem. with the chalk talk i will lay out out this administration has become the ideal noah administration. [laug
, president obama said in a statement the report's findings are, quote, intolerable and inexcusable, promising to follow through on the inspect general's recommendations. the white house has denied any role in the irs scandal. but republicans say the administration cannot be trusted. >> what we don't know at this point is whether it jumped the fence from the irs to the white house. but we do know this. we can't count on the administration to be forthcoming about the details of this scandal because so far they've been anything but. >> on this one, the criticism, not just from republicans. former white house press secretary robert gibbs says the president mishandled his response. >>> the tenor of this briefing would be different if the president had spoken about this on saturday or sunday and not on monday. and if the president had spoken on monday, less about losing patience for this, which is what i do with my 9-year-old, and used far more vivid language. and i think come out and announced that there would be a commission made up of a former -- two former commissioners, irs commissioners. demo
at the staying power of benghazi as a story, the way it's picked up steam as a scandal, but the obama administration, his senior aides, they regard that of the three big stories we're talking about as the one that's closest to a winner for them, the one where they have a chance to persuade the public at large that it's really just ginned up by republican partisanship. be not fooled. yes, there's been some tougher questioning for jay carney, even for the president, on these subjects, but some of the toughest voices in today's blathersphere, there will be the most weepy laudtory eulogies of barack obama and his presidency. the current stories feeding the politico cycle are done as well. in retirement, barack obama will benefit from an incredibly well-funded, well-coordinated campaign for constitutional enshrinement similar to which we saw after the assassination of president kennedy. >> bill: well, also bill clinton did well in post-spin. you're discounting things, rosen, these things could get a lot worse. >> that's true. >> bill: this isn't the crest of the wave. this wave is starting
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: president obama addressed the scandal. the irs admits it put the tea party under the microcope. the irs required more paper work from the tea party and scrutinized groups that edgeicated people about the constitution. but the commissioner testified otherwise last year. >> there is absolutely no targeting. this is what happens. >> the contradiction is setting off a firestorm, especially with tea party groups. >> we want to know who knew what when. heads will roll. this is absolute suppression of civil liberties. >> reporter: president obama says the irs must be neutral. >> you should feel that way regardless of party. >> reporter: he says he is waiting for the full audit before making moves against the irs. >> it is outrageous. contrary to our traditions and people have to be held accountable and it has to be fixed. >> house speaker nancy pelosi said there is no place for this inappropriate activity in the irs or by its employees. ktvu channel 2 news. >>> president obama down played the controversy over how his administration handled the attackts -- attacks in benghazi, libya last summer
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scandal. despite requests from the obama administration to not support president assad. joint chiefs of staff chairman criticized the russian move saying it was "ill-timed and very unfortunate." turning back to benghazi and the modified limited hangout by this administration. more than two thirds of republican house lawmakers now favor that committee to examine the benghazi attacks. our first guest tonight is one of those lawmakers. joining us now is congressman randy forbes of virginia. congressman, good to have you with us. >> thank you, lou. i want to get your reaction to the hearing, the performance of the inspector general who sat aside of the now outgoing acting commissioner, stephen miller. >> i think that we see across this administration there is justice culture of of arrogance and absolute disdain for anyone who would dare try to hold them accountable. i think that is what you saw constantly coming through the testimony today. this administration loves to respond with i do not know. i do not know. they even started now with this thing of setting up investigations so they do
carole. >>> president obama stayed out of the irs scandal until yesterday. the president addressed the agency's role in targeting organizations with the words tea party in their name and some others that had conservative ideologies. the president came out saying that behavior is not acceptable in his administration. >> if, in fact, irs personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on, and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, that's outrageous. and there's no place for it. and they have to be held fully accountable. we'll wait and see what exactly all the details and the facts are. but i've got no patience with it. i will not tolerate it. and we'll make sure that we find out exactly what happened on this. >> now, the agency says the scandal was limited to low-level workers at a cincinnati field office. but now "the washington post" is reporting at least two irs officials based in washington, d.c. were also involved with the investigations. the house ways and means committee has set hearings for friday. and there will be a senate probe, as well. >>>
on how president obama is dealing with these scandals in washington this week. but other main stream left leaning media outlets are joining in the criticism, including a front page leader from the new york times. check it out, also the huffington post, also the washington post is usually supporters of obama. they are backing off. how much trouble is the president in with his media base? who better to ask than brent bo zell. it looks to me they're up in arms. their hero has been so badly wounded, these main stream media guys don't foe twhoo to do. >> yoepgs, larry. are they up in arms? no, are they upset? yes. it's a lover's quarrel at this point. they're upset because of the a.p. that itself the one that's getting them the most. because that was aimed right at them and they see that as betrayal and some reporters have actually said that, lisa miers of nbc actually said, befud el befuddled. we can't understand it. we're his friend. that's the way she put it. there is the irs scandal. that kind of crosses the lines, liberals, democrats, conservatives all don't like that. the benghazi scanda
it the perfect storm, three scandals at one time for the obama administration. so-called scandals at any rate. here we go. it is the full court press indeed. coming to you live. on you are our studio here on capitol hill bringing you the news of the day and most importantly, giving you a chance to give us your opinion. tell us what you think about it all. whether there is any blame. who ought to be to be blame? all of those issues all of those questions perform your comments on 86655-that's our toll-free number or on twitter following your comments on twitter @bp show and on facebook. become our friend on facebook at press show, and we are going to take a look at two of the biggest issues here in this hour. what the irs was up to targeting these tea party groups and what the department of justice was up to seizing the phone errorsrecords of 20 or over 100 reporters and editors at the associated press. some serious constitutional issues with each of those who better to help us through it than michael mcleod baugh, who is the director, chief of staf
the latest from the storm zone. >>> damage control. president obama confronts red hot scandals. his angry message for the irs and the tough questions he can expect in just a few hours. >>> fake graveyard. why would anyone put up head stones and build a phony cemetery in the middle of the city? i've got the details behind this creepy atmosphere. >>> so sorry. beyonce responds to fans after some cancelled concerts. how she's addressing her health and some pregnancy rumors, on this thursday, may 16th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. >>> good morning. we begin with breaking news in north texas, where at least six people have died when a tornado touched down. >> firefighters using flashlights are going house to house looking for anybody still trapped. abc's jim ryan reports from the hard hit town of granbury. >> reporter: this storm rolled in from the southwest and tornado sirens started blaring just before sunset. witnesses say pea-sized hail turned to baseball sized and then hailstones the size of grapefruit were pounding a subdivision
obama in fighting back against these scandals? end imagined, perhaps? >> i think he started in some ways fumbling the ball out of the game, seeming to be disengaged. he said he first learned about the irs scandal, and investigation, in the newspaper. not exactly of a sort of robust leadership i think people have come to expect from a president, from this president. but you saw him be much more robust in the last couple of days, with a press conference. you saw some heads rolling from the irs. the head of the irs reappointing someone else to lead the irs. so i think they are playing catch-up. you saw dan pfeiffer, of course, do the full monty on those sunday shows. so i think they finally got a bit of a handle on this, playing offense much more smartly than they have. i think we don't know what's going to happen with this, because there are going to be further investigations. i think the good news for this white house so far is that this sort of trifecta of scandals hasn't so far affected the president's approval rating. it seems to be something like 53% and uptick, i think, in the cnn po
. serious scandals but not at the level of the obama administration. >> and i think when you mention immigration, that's the big one. when they are referring to things that create a schism within the conference, that was creating the schism before we started talking about these issues and heritage has been opposed to any kind of comprehensive reform package that would include bringing the millions of undocumented workers out into the shadows. and that is what is really sad here. there's a lot that is out here but one of the things, in their attempt to smear the president in any way they can, they are shredding any little bit of goodwill that had been built up, leading towards progress on these bills. >> yeah. >> how can you go back to a conservative district and sell your constituents on a bipartisan immigration plan when you're trying to convince them that the president is a taranicle despite? >> my concern is when you look at michele bachmann, rand paul, they use the irs controversy to attack the health care law. >> your medical records will be evaluated by the irs that seems to ha
regulate on was never plastered around iran contra and obama isn't involved in any of the scandals. >> neil: we don't know that yet. >> benghazi is not a scandal. it's incompetence and it doesn't bring down a president. it appears what is going on with the irs, low level people who acted extremely badly which has nothing to do with the president. >> don't throw off the political ramifications of this. let's face it. we have midterm elections coming up. i don't think it has a big impact on the economy and markets, but this is political problem. the incompetence of the obama administration where one hand doesn't know what the other hand is doing. people are idiotic make idiotic mistakes when benghazi is clearly an example of incompetence. that will reflect on the president and that will hurt him politically. >> two things, charlie, real quick. >> with respect to my colleagues benghazi is out right mal fee answer is and lying, fal fees answer and criminal cover-up. >> that is so true. >> what we're all agreed on there is a thin connection of the scandals across time and the economy. there is a
to a scandal. there can be weeks of inquiries of one thing or another, months, indeed, and i think it comes at a particularly bad time for the obama administration. >> do you see this just republicans asking for this or democrats as well? i don't see why this should be a partisan issue -- >> it's not. >> -- if the irs is going after one group over another. >> it was notable that a number of democrats today, especially in the political consultant group, were calling for some sort of independent probe. they realize, look, if there's going to be pressure, why don't you give into the pressure now and go the independent route. but i will tell you, i was there when we called for a special prosecutor in the clinton administration, and it led to -- it led to ken starr. these things can suddenly take on a rogue quality that you're not expecting, and really be very damaging. >> it's fascinating, you have this on top of the department of justice looking into the associated press getting phone records, which obviously is a different kind of thing, but it certainly raises a lot of questions about what's
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